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“Chouinard’s book reasserts that a new timeline for our ancient history needs to be instigated--one that also takes seriously what local myths and legends have to offer in cracking these mysteries.” (Nexus Magazine, October 2012)

“Patrick Chouinard provides an important bridge between what has been learned in the past to what will be learned in the future. Well researched, highly readable, and enthusiastic work!” (Christopher Dunn, author of The Giza Power Plant and The Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt)

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ANCIENT MYSTERIES / NEW AGE

“Patrick Chouinard provides an important bridge between what has been learned in the past to what will be learned in the future. Well researched, highly readable, and enthusiastic work!”
--Christopher Dunn, author of The Giza Power Plant and The Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt

Over and over again, mainstream views of early history--which state that the first civilizations arose around 3500 BCE--are plagued by evidence of much older civilizations, evidence ranging from artifacts and inexplicable remains to pyramids and ubiquitous myths that clearly speak of great empires prior to the rise of the Sumerian city-states and pharaonic Egypt.

Viewing Atlantis and its many related myths as a metaphor for a long-lost global civilization, Patrick Chouinard explores the mythological, cultural, religious, and archaelogical evidence for many forgotten civilizations in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. He addresses unexplained mysteries from around the world, such as Caucasian mummies found in China, the pyramids of Caral in Peru, the “hobbit” remains on Flores Island, the giant heads of Easter Island, the lost legacy of Lemuria, the ideology and occult mysticism behind Nazi theory, and the genetically unique X-woman of Siberia. He also examines evidence of ancient alien visits and other supernatural phenomena in the distant past. Using recent archaeological findings, he shows that Siberia and the Amazon may have been cradles of humanity millennia before Africa. Sounding the call to continue searching ancient, remote, and formerly forbidden regions for lost cultures and genetic root races, Chouinard offers a new chronology for the emergence of human life and civilization as well as a new mechanism for how and why societies and species change over time. By finding lost peoples and their forgotten worlds, we can truly begin to understand the human race and learn from its long history.

PATRICK CHOUINARD is a writer, freelance journalist, and former producer of Archaeology TV. The editor in chief of The New Archaeology Review, he lives in North Largo, Florida.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bear & Company (May 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781591431381
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591431381
  • ASIN: 1591431387
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #998,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Forgotten Worlds is an excellent book to read if you want some basic info on mysteries of ancient times.

The book starts out with some discussion on the legend of Atlantis. This was quite well done, as it shows the basics of what Plato described and also what some later researchers on the subject came up with. I liked how the book points out that Plato himself actually never claimed Atlantis was the precursor to all other civilisations (indeed, in the account Plato makes it clear there existed other civilisations that were contemporary with Atlantis). That claim was the work of US Congressman Ignatius Donnelly, who inspired numerous later Atlantis researchers.
As for the location of Atlantis, the book doesn't side with any particular theory and but rather presents a few candidates and allows the reader to make up their own mind. I quite liked this approach, as it is both willing to consider possibilities but at the same time not about to uncritically latch onto a single theory. The only thing that disappointed me was that there was no real mention of Rand and Rose Flem-ath's Atlantis in Antarctica theory (save one sentence mentioning Antarctica being one of many proposed locations for Atlantis), which is the Atlantis theory I am most supportive of. There was, however, a brief mention of Charles Hapgood's Earth Crust Displacement Theory, which postulates that a portion of Antarctica was ice free until as recently as several thousand years ago.
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Overall, Forgotten Worlds is an interesting read with a few major flaws that keep it out of the realm of "Excellent." Beginning with the good, there is some examination of lesser known aspects of forgotten history, such as the caucasoid mummies of China and Mongolia. As a reader of this genre, I was surprised to find I hadn't heard of this phenomenon yet. So, there is some new information in this book. As a fan of alternative history I am sometimes reluctant to make new purchases because I fear I will have heard everything presented in similar books. This is the case with Forgotten Worlds, to some extent.

Moving onto the bad. I have a few main complaints that might make it seem I didn't enjoy the book, which is not true. The book sort of lumbers along, for perhaps too many pages (or screens on my Kindle?) trying to connect ancient myths to Atlantis. There is no new evidence of Atlantis presented, just summarizations of theories most of us have already heard. The author explores Norse mythology and, for several pages, simply recounts many Norse tales and the lineages of their gods.

Additionally, the author borrows so heavily from sources that it becomes difficult at times to separate source material from his own writing. He quotes extensively, so much so that I did lose track if I was reading his words or another author's. He also provides citations for paragraph after paragraph, sometimes five or six in a row, which leaves the impression that he is not bringing many new ideas to the table. Fans of this genre will likely find they are already familiar with the works he sources.

Mr. Chouinard does present some unique theories, and I must confess I was not fully on board.
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I am a long time follower of the work being done in the Archeology and Anthropology worlds regarding the lost continents and lost civilizations of this world. Especially Atlantis and Lemuria or Mu.

This book not only gave the history of the studies but current updates and new theories about how we became today's version of man and woman. The book covered the history of written languages all the way to a new set of Runes. It covered new pyramids. The Flood myth and Creation myths around the world were especially interesting in their similarities and for the first time China was included.

The book was written with a great readability factor, which in this subject can be a challenge for an author or even just a person trying to have a discussion. One thing of interest was the Mayan Calendar which is focused upon the date December 21, ...2012. There is a glitch in the computation and the year may well be 2050. We will have to wait and see.

This subject is still fascinating to me and I hope that Mr. Chouinard will write a book just covering one of the many topics we glimpsed.
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Awful. Note that this book is NOT by Robert Schoch - erroneously credited on SOME of Amazon's pages, a "clerical error" on Amazon's part - but by Patrick Chouinard. I bought this book because of the intro, which WAS written by Robert Schoch, the geologist, who really is one of my heroes. It must be his publisher talked him into writing an intro to this dog in order to try to give a boost to the sales. Ugg. Note that this is published by Bear & Co, who also published one of Schoch's later books (whose earlier books were published by Tarcher/Putnam.) While Bear & Co, and their associated imprint-names that come out of Rochester VT, have done us many great services by publishing otherwise unavailable esoterica (such as the work of John Major Jenkins, another hero), they clearly have little ability to tell shine from shinola, since they also publish the execrable Zechariah Sitchins. Chouinard is blurbed on the back cover as being editor of an archeological journal. Judging by the content of this book, it might be found in the rack next to the National Enquirer.

The book is a travelogue of already well-worn esoterica compiled without any kind of critical filter, including the lost continent of Mu (no comment on the 19th century source of this myth), and a great many references to Von Daniken and other truly questionable sources, including Sitchens. Chouinard's writing style is like a Sunday Parade article written by a 10-yr-old cribbing from Wikipedia. Enjoy.

I still am quite the fan of Robert Schoch (who, again, wrote the intro), who is the MOST level-headed of the thinkers who are attempting to unravel the threads of late Pleistocene and Mesolithic pre-history, archeology, geology, pseudo-history, fantasy and whatnot. However, there is no need to buy this book for the sake of Schoch's intro. I did it already and this is my report.
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